San Leandro: BAL Theatre receives half million in city loans; Flavored tobacco ban finalized; Dispensary receives deadline extension

BAL Theatre owner Dan Dillman in front of the theater's marquee in 2014.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILThe BAL Theatre, San Leandro's last Art Deco performing arts building has proven scrappy in keeping its doors open while attracting former A-list Hip Hop and R&B acts from the 80s and 90s to an underutilized area strip of East 14th … Continue reading San Leandro: BAL Theatre receives half million in city loans; Flavored tobacco ban finalized; Dispensary receives deadline extension

Former mayoral candidate has video of UFO over San Leandro

Former San Leandro mayoral candidate Dan Dillman with video of a UFO last Friday. Click to full screen mode for a better view of the object.Dan Dillman, left, during a mayoral forum lastfall in San Leandro.SAN LEANDRO | San Leandro theater owner Dan Dillman believes he witnessed a UFO last Friday night and he has … Continue reading Former mayoral candidate has video of UFO over San Leandro

EBC Year-In-Review, July-Sept: Whole Lot Of Garbage; Race To November Begins

JULYHayward Mayor Barbara Halliday takes theoath of office in July.>>>Hayward’s Barbara Halliday is sworn-in as mayor. She will be the first of three female mayors elected in the Greater East Bay in 2014.>>>Eighteen Hayward residents apply to fill the council seat left open by Halliday’s election to mayor, but Planning Commissioner Elisa Marquez is selected … Continue reading EBC Year-In-Review, July-Sept: Whole Lot Of Garbage; Race To November Begins

CUTTER ELECTED SAN LEANDRO MAYOR; THREE NEWCOMERS ADDED TO NEXT CITY COUNCIL

San Leandro Mayor-elect Pauline Cutter.SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | CITY COUNCIL | Councilmember Pauline Cutter will be the next mayor of San Leandro after ranked choice voting Wednesday morning built upon an 11-point lead over Councilmember Diana Souza.Cutter won 57 percent of the vote, followed by Souza's 43 percent after ranked choice voting tabulations. Early … Continue reading CUTTER ELECTED SAN LEANDRO MAYOR; THREE NEWCOMERS ADDED TO NEXT CITY COUNCIL

SAN LEANDRO ELECTION PREVIEW: A New Hope?

San Leandro mayoral candidates Councilmember Pauline Cutter, Bal Theater owner Dan Dillman and Councilmember Diana Souza.THE CANDIDATES When Mayor Stephen Cassidy made the surprising announcement that he would not seek re-election after just one term; you would expect a series of musical chairs following the major recalculation of the city’s politics. But, this did not … Continue reading SAN LEANDRO ELECTION PREVIEW: A New Hope?

Are The Gods On Ro’s Side Now?

It remains to be seen whether the leaked emails reported this week from Rep. Mike Honda congressional office and hinting at unethical behavior will become newsworthy/ Honda's challenger, Ro Khanna, is surely making political hay out of it and will continue to do so from here to Nov. 4.But, the San Jose Inside article does … Continue reading Are The Gods On Ro’s Side Now?

Inside the Hit Piece Last Summer Against Rebecca Kaplan

In late June, just as Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan was beginning her mayoral campaign, there came news of a particularly damning article in the Oakland Tribune alleging campaign finance rules may have been broken by her mayoral campaigns, this year and in 2010. The allegation Kaplan used money from a committee created to support a … Continue reading Inside the Hit Piece Last Summer Against Rebecca Kaplan

The Most Interesting Man in the East Bay

Not far from where this photo was taken, San Leandro mayoral candidate Dan Dillman confronted Alameda County Sherrif's deputies in 2010. He spent over two month in jail for the act this summer. PHOTO/Steven TavaresSAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | Dan Dillman is one of San Leandro's most charismatic businessmen. In recent years, he has reinvigorated the … Continue reading The Most Interesting Man in the East Bay

A Proxy War for Mayor in San Leandro

San Leandro mayoral candidates, Councilmember Diana Souza, Dan Dillman and Councilmember Pauline Cutter, at a forum Sept. 11 at the San Leandro Main Library. PHOTO/Steven TavaresSAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy decided earlier this year that one term in office was enough, but that doesn’t mean his large frame isn’t casting … Continue reading A Proxy War for Mayor in San Leandro

Asian American Electorate May Decide Next San Leandro Mayor

Councilmember Benny Lee, second from left,is a byproduct of the new found strength inSan Leandro's Asian American populace.SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | It would have been unthinkable a generation ago that any demographic in San Leandro other than Caucasians would be the voting bloc determining the makeup of its city officials.The U.S. Census in 1970 … Continue reading Asian American Electorate May Decide Next San Leandro Mayor

A Summer of Discontent in Oakland

Haggerty Slams Quan | Another Schaaf, Parker Connection | Talking Sh*t at Oro Loma | Siegel SingsWhen A’s co-owner Lew Wolff arrived at the Aug. 6 Coliseum Joint Powers Authority meeting approving the team's lease extension, one of the first people he saw was Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan. Wolff then offered a hearty congratulatory embrace. … Continue reading A Summer of Discontent in Oakland

Early Crop of San Leandro Mayoral Candidates Failing to Excite, Leaving Others to Contemplate a Run

The lack of quality mayoral candidatesin San Leandro leads some to suggestEllen Corbett, left, should run in the fall.PHOTO/Steven TavaresSAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | When San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy said last month he would not seek re-election after just one term, it suddenly put the mayor’s race in play. Cassidy appeared headed for re-election … Continue reading Early Crop of San Leandro Mayoral Candidates Failing to Excite, Leaving Others to Contemplate a Run

Why is Bob Wieckowski Talking About His Own Sex Tape?

Free Credit in San Leandro | Who Will Win In Hayward? | Swalwell's First Political ConsultantCHAPTER 17 | Here’s the thing about Bob Wieckowski. He’s not who you think he is and whatever you might think about him is probably based on scant information, notably that he isn’t Mary Hayashi. Apparently, that's good enough for some, … Continue reading Why is Bob Wieckowski Talking About His Own Sex Tape?

San Leandro Councilmember Diana Souza to Run for Mayor

First in: Councilmember Diana SouzaSAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | After months of chatter speculating San Leandro Councilmember Diana Souza would run for mayor this year, the two-term District 3 representative officially filed papers for a bid to replace Mayor Stephen Cassidy. Souza filed to form a campaign committee just days before the surprise announcement by … Continue reading San Leandro Councilmember Diana Souza to Run for Mayor

Mary Hayashi, Superior Court Elections, Stewart Chen: Judge for Yourself

Khanna Plays the Part | Battle Royale in Hayward | Joel Young's Judge Up For Re-Election CHAPTER 4 | Love her or hate her, it's difficult to get out from under the shadow of Mary Hayashi. While she has a tough race against Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski in a State Senate primary in the 10th District growing with … Continue reading Mary Hayashi, Superior Court Elections, Stewart Chen: Judge for Yourself